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'Texture' with depth

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Color plays a significant role in Holloway's show, Texture.For Boyd Holloway, photography can’t help but be personal.

“It’s how you feel about something in a given moment,” Holloway said. “If I took a picture of you and I didn’t like you, that would show. If I took a picture of how smart you were, that would show.”

Holloway is The Spiral Gallery’s featured artist for October.

Holloway had to weed through 4,000 to 5,000 photographs as he was choosing what to hang for his “Texture” show at the gallery.

For Holloway, texture is more than just varying surfaces. As a plaque hanging in the show points out, Websters English Dictionary defines texture as “Smooth... Rough... The arrangement of the constituent parts of anything... Composition, organization, arrangement, feel, feeling.”

Color plays a big role in this show.

“I’ve finally decided people buy pictures for color rather than content,” Holloway said.

Rich, nearly violent colors arrest the eye in Holloway’s “Texture” show.

A glowing red field so enticing the crisp, contrasting Mt. Hood behind it is almost secondary.

The vivid, endless blue of a deep Peruvian lake.

Bright clothing against warm cobble stones.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Photographer Boyd Holloway stands with an antique camera during the reception for his show at the Spiral Gallery on Friday, Oct. 4.Holloway starting taking photos in the sixth grade. A friend’s father was a commercial photographer.

He told Holloway’s father that if they would build a darkroom and allow him to use it when he was in town, he would show young Holloway how to develop photographs.

Holloway was hooked.

He was the high school photographer and continued on professionally after graduation.

Holloway’s photography career has spanned half a century.

He’s shot for magazines and has done a lot of commercial and industrial work.

These days, he’s been photographing “a lot of reunions.”

At one point he had four studios.

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Several photographs from Holloway's world travels hang in the show.But when Holloway’s wife died he closed the studios and started traveling the world.

His wife had always wanted to go to Egypt but wasn’t physically able. So Holloway brought her portrait to an Egyptian pyramid.

In Egypt, Holloway met a man who worked in the Peruvian government’s agricultural department.

He was told, “If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop in.”

“So I made it a point to be in the neighborhood,” Holloway said.

The man and his wife showed Holloway Peru, a country that had no shortage of photographic inspiration for Holloway.

“The way to see a country is with a person that lives there,” Holloway said.

Several photographs from Holloway’s visits to Peru are hanging in the “Texture” show.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Holloway first took this photograph in 1958.There’s also several prints of a photograph of trolley cars in Georgetown, an historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that Holloway shot in 1958.

Then there’s the vintage iron cow bells and tools that Holloway scanned... with a scanner.

Holloway’s work pulls you in, dragging you through depths of perception. There’s always more there than what you saw at first glance.

“Texture” will be on display at the Spiral Gallery for the remainder of October.



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